Cake. It’s what’s for breakfast.
According to Kate Spade, it’s totally acceptable to “eat cake for breakfast”. I keep seeing those tote bags/phone covers/laptop sleeves at neighboring tables at my favorite coffee spots.
Judging by my recipe index, I don’t make enough cake. Cakes make me the happiest, yet for some reason I haven’t made a cake since January. (!!!) Way back on January 15, I posted this rich, decadent buttermilk chocolate cake with caramel and ganache. It turns out I tend to make cakes whenever I am the MOST stressed out.
Last cake came about because I spent hours trying to figure out how to fix my blog’s email troubles. This strawberry vanilla cake was born out of frustration with Google’s new mobile friendly rules.
This brings us to cake. I’m tried of making large 8 or 9-inch layer cakes. They end up teasing me in the fridge until I end up eating all of it. From now on, I’m going to try to use my 5-inch cake pan more often. It’s a small cake that’s big enough to share, yet doesn’t take much up space in the fridge.
I used a 5-inch cake pan (3 inches high), but this recipe also works for one 9-inch cake pan (2-inch high). When you use the little 5-inch cake pan, the cake will puff up a little over the edge creating somewhat of a muffin top (better known as your snack while you build the cake). Once the cake has completely cooled to room temperature, slice off the little muffin top and level off the cake.
One thing that cake making has taught me is patience. Ask friends and family; I’m not the patient type. When I want it, I want it now. But you can’t have that kind of attitude with cake. Cake will punish you. Have you tried to slice a warm cake? Sometimes the knife sticks to the cake, or the cake starts to tear apart, or you burn yourself because the inside of the cake is much hotter than the outside. Anyway, regardless of what happens, when you slice into a warm cake, you’ll only end up regret. TRUST.
A cooled cake is sturdier, stronger, and much easier to cut. I like to use a serrated knife because it does a much cleaner job.